Oct 20, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali (91) celebrates after sacking Houston Texans quarterback Case Keenum (7) in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 17-16. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs vs. Texans Recap: Earning Their Arrowheads


The 2013 Kansas City Chiefs are the first team to start the season 7-0 after being 2-14 the previous season. The Chiefs are the only remaining undefeated team in the league. If the season ended tomorrow, the road to the Superbowl would go right through One Arrowhead Drive, Kansas City, Missouri.

While there is a 53-man roster of players, a host of coaches and support personnel and over 76,000 screaming fans at Arrowhead that helped the Chiefs get to this point, we’re here to pick out three players that contributed the most to the Chiefs seventh win of the season over the Houston Texans Sunday afternoon.

Oct 20, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (82) is tackled by Houston Texans free safety Shiloh Keo (31) in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Arrowhead No. 3: Dwayne Bowe, WR

At the beginning of the season, Bowe told us all he would be lighting up the scoreboard and would lead the league in receptions and touchdowns. While Nostradameus he is not, Bowe has done what he can to aid his teammates in this 7-0 start. That includes his downfield blocking ability.

With the Chiefs backed up on a third down and 21, Alex Smith threw a WR screen to Dexter McCluster. With plenty of blockers our front, including Bowe, the real “DMC” took off. When it looked as if McCluster would be run out of bounds, Bowe used his big body and took out not one, but both defenders with a huge block, breaking the diminutive Chiefs receiver free and allowing him to pick up 43 yards and the first down.

 

Oct 20, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali (91) forces a fumble by sacking Houston Texans quarterback Case Keenum (7) in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 17-16. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Arrowhead No. 2: Tamba Hali, OLB

The Chiefs defense got a slow start against the Texans, but turned up the heat in the second half. When it mattered most, Hali got to the quarterback. He recorded 2.5 sacks on the day, and two of those sacks were sack/strips where he forced a fumble on the play.

The most game changing sack/strip came with just 1:41 remaining in the game. Hali found Texans quarterback, Case Keenum in the backfield, forcing the ball from his hands and ending all hope for a  Houston game winning drive.

Arrowhead No. 1: Marcus Cooper

Though the defensive secondary has played better games, there was one play in particular where I believe Cooper’s name warrants being called – again.

With 9:32 left in the third quarter, Keenum fired a shot to rookie Deandre Hopkins on a third and goal situation. Cooper was in coverage and it appeared he was beat, as Hopkins caught the ball for an apparent touchdown. But, just before Hopkins could establish control of the ball, Cooper turned around and swatted the ball from his hands, stalling the drive and forcing the Texans to kick a field goal.

This was a game changer, and proof again that Marcus Cooper is playing ball beyond his years.

In a game that was “grity” but hard fought, there were several players who could have gotten Arrowheads. These were the three I saw. What do you think, Addicts? Who gets your Arrowheads for Sunday’s performance? Sound off below! 

Tags: Dwayne Bowe Kansas City Chiefs Marcus Cooper Tamba Hali

  • Mark Bustamante

    Great picks

  • DieHard_ChiefsFan

    I believe we should always award one to D-POE. The dude is a stud, demanding 2 and 3 blockers, allowing Hail and Houston to go crazy as he collapses the pocket almost every time. He may not have flashy numbers but he is one of the main reasons our linebackers are able to come around the end and the DBs all have a great game as the QB has to pass the ball quickly. He is the heart of this D… Im loving the 7-0 ride !!! GO CHIEFS !!

  • Blake Molina

    I’d like to give one to McCluster. All four of his catches were important, and he had some great punt returns, surely he is close to the tops in the league in punt return average?

    • berttheclock

      Did you ever see all of the anti-Dexter comments at the Star for the past couple of years. “Oh, he is too small. Oh, he falls down when touched”, etc.

    • berttheclock

      At present, ESPN has him listed as Number 1 with 349 yards overall. There are a few with a slightly better average, but, not by much.

  • ArrowFan

    I looks to me like Bowe blocked 3 guys on that play while also forcing another one to change his angle. Either way you are correct in that McCluster wouldn’t of even had a first if not for Bowe. Now if we could just get the rest of the O-line to start blocking like our WR we will be ok:)

    • Jim Harper

      The OL did just that yesterday!

      • superman_25_58

        I totally agree….. the line played it’s best ball this season vs the Mighty JJ SWAT and the Texans D IMO.

  • berttheclock

    Cooper’s slap down on the ball reminded me of seeing Talib shut down Jimmy Graham the week before. I have said it twice and I will repeat it. KC has, finally, found a young shut down corner.

    BTW, not quite there to block, but, if only that Dexter sequence had been able to pan to the right, you would have seen Fisher come roaring across the field from his RT position to try and help block. Love the involvement of the entire team, whether on offense, defense or special teams. This is a product of excellent coaching

  • berttheclock

    BTW. Pro Football Focus gave their highest grade of any Chiefs player to Mike DeVito. He was really a force stopping the running game. Unsung member of the defense. I can see why Sutton wanted him.

  • Jason Seibel

    I give you all props. There were several other members of the team that deserved Arrowheads this week, but Andrew told me I was only allowed to give out three! You are ALL correct, though! Thanks for reading and commenting!

    • Jim Harper

      Well if Andy (I use that name because he hates it) is only going to allow 3 Arrowheads, then we must give them to everyone on offense, everyone on defense, and all special teamers. I say that in all seriousness. We have Andy Reid to thank for that, because he has instilled TEAM into these Chiefs and they play as one single unit. Every player checks in his ego in the parking lot. But if I had to single out 3 players for Arrowheads it would have to be Alex Smith for his leadership, Dontari Poe for his relentless play, and D-Bowe for his clutch catches and blocking.

  • Tony Harris

    There needs to be 5 for this week because McCluster and Charles both deserve one. Charles (other than the fumble) played terrific. He had huge runs and gets a TD every week for this team. McCluster had terrific catches that were very crucial in this game, and, he even had a couple runs. I can’t begin to explain how important he is to our special teams with the great field position he leaves us with.

  • tm1946

    How about handing off the ball and no one is home but you. Smith has had issues but his running td was something special.

  • Danny W

    Good write up. Bowe’s block was the best I’ve ever seen by a wide out. I’m grateful that Reid and company decided to get McCluster and Bowe more involved in the passing game with plays designed to go their way.

  • superman_25_58

    Ya Bowe basicly blocked 3 guys and slowed down a fourth just enough room for DMC to slip by. Superb blocking effort for sure!

    • Danny W

      Guys a true team player and not whining at all about not getting any looks his way. Any other receiver would be crying and causing a distraction. Not Bowe. He’s worth every single dime he got this year.

  • Clint Moran

    Man, there aren’t enough to go around. They are playing “team” football like I haven’t seen for a long time in kc. Bowes blocking ability can’t be mentioned enough. Dex doesn’t get the 1st without those blocks. On the flip side, bowe catches that same pass and dex probably isn’t able to knock out 2 defenders to create room for bowe to pickup the 1st. Bowe is a big, strong bodied wideout, built perfectly for clearing out would-be tacklers. It speaks volumes about his maturity and “team” mentality. But, it’s contagious, everyone is stepping up, Poe/ Hali/ dj/ Charles/ Houston/ Sherman/ Sean smith/ cooper (playing outside his mind right now), damn….. three just aren’t enough….. how about 1 to the coaching staff, 1 to the players (all), and 1 to the most loyal fan base on the planet!!? Hard to believe where we are now. Go chiefs!!!

  • DoubleD

    I would also say that having both Anthony Fasano and Anthony Sherman in the game paid dividends on Sunday and will continue to do so as the season moves forward. Not sure I would go so far as to say either one earned Arrowheads against the Texans, but those two guys were and will be pretty important to making this offense go and are a factor when it comes to getting increased production out of guys like Dwayne Bowe, Dexter McCluster, and Alex Smith.